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  • Summary: The latest solo release for the San Francisco singer-songwriter features a guest appearance on drums from Steve Shelley and was primarily recorded in two San Francisco hotels.
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  • Record Label: Caldo Verde Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. May 14, 2018
    72
    His albums are usually quite long, but this one with its near hour and a half runtime might be a chore to sit through for even the most die-hard Sun Kil Moon fans. But there are some extraordinary movements on this thing.
  2. May 11, 2018
    70
    Mark Kozelek is as long and rambling as one would expect from the singer/songwriter, but his mixture of poignancy, humanity, and levity continues to make his music worth hearing.
  3. May 11, 2018
    70
    Mark Kozelek is a skeletal record, composed almost exclusively with guitar loops and vocals tracks, designed to serve as a vehicle for his diary-like lyrics. Some may argue that Kozelek aims for quantity over quality, while others wait attentively for his next correspondence.
  4. May 14, 2018
    70
    Mark Kozelek is by no means a masterwork, nor is it the overwrought disaster it threatened to be, but instead another collection of songs from someone who just cannot stop writing, cannot stop releasing and, more often than not, hits the emotional marks he aims at, in however scattershot a way.
  5. May 16, 2018
    68
    Mark Kozelek is a thoroughly modern album, one doesn’t separate the art from the artist but collapses the two completely.
  6. May 11, 2018
    67
    Newcomers are unlikely to care much, but anyone who’s been following the man’s career since the Red House Painters should appreciate how he keeps looking for new ways to convert his very existence into art.
  7. May 11, 2018
    40
    With no dramatic tension, pathos or even story arc, these songs are little more than piles of slack words from an artist who has confused saying whatever comes to mind with having something to say.
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